Hesterglock Press is co-run by Sarer Scotthorne & Bob Modem // Paul Hawkins. We started in 2013, publishing themed, pocket-sized poetry anthologies under the name of Boscombe Revolution, as well as hand-made pamphlets of flash fiction and poetry. In 2016 we began to use print-on-demand services, which enabled us to start publishing books (without any start-up capital or other middle-class finance model(s)), publishing mainly experimental/innovative poetry.
In the last five years, as at April 2019, Hesterglock Press / Prote(s)xt have published:
6 anthologies, some of which have run to multiple issues
We have 15 more books & an anthology scheduled to publish over the next 12 months.
Canadian editor, publisher & prolific poet Rob Mclennan recently asked Paul to describe his small press writing day. You can read it here
We've organised many readings, book launches, literature events and co-curate (along with Sad Press & Moot Press) ANATHEMA, a monthly series of experimental poetry/writing events in Bristol and further afield.
We make positive links between non-profit & literary / artistic / political worth, as opposed to predominant corporate, capitalist values of financial return/profit/monetary worth.
In April '18 we started up a new imprint, Prote(s)xt, to reflect some new ideas. To experiment with a different model.
Prote(s)xt was established to publish work that is radical, affordable, experimental & anti-systems of oppression, intersectional, across form(s) & across discipline(s):
we sell at cost price
authors set their own price for selling their books
we publish via the best suited print-on-demand provider for each book/project
By supporting us; buying books, networking, collaborating etc you're also supporting the authors and will be helping to sustain our ongoing commitment to publishing radical & challenging books, collaborating with other artists and writers on projects that don't / won't make a million, but may well make a difference or a change.
Hesterglock Press / Prote(s)xt also aims to actively publish marginalised poets/writers who, for example, identify as working-class, &/or B.A.M.E. &/or gender-fluid &/or disabled by society whose work is radical, experimental & anti-systems of oppression, intersectional, across form(s) & across discipline(s).
If you’d like to get in touch about a collaboration/project/event/idea, or just to say hi, you can contact us via the links below.
No neoliberal capitalism, or any sort of capitalism. We prefer revolutionaries. No homophobia, transphobia, racism, sexism, violence, abuse or misogyny.
Paul Hawkins works mainly in poetry, visual art & performance. Sarer Scotthorne is a poet & martial-artist. Sarer & Paul co-run Hesterglock Press, publishing mostly the avant-garde // future-facing